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RSC on TV
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0904  Saturday, 1 April 2002

From:           Jan Pick <
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Date:           Friday, 29 Mar 2002 19:45:42 -0000
Subject:        RSC on TV

Hi,

Karen wrote about the appearance of Adrian Noble on Newsnight.  I
thought her views were interesting, but would like to know what she
thinks of the destruction of the ensemble principle that was the ethos
of the company and how that will affect future productions.  It seems to
me that the RSC is backtracking to the 1950s itself, with 'stars'
deigning to spend a few weeks of their time getting back in touch with
their theatrical roots, before dashing back to the lucrative world of
film and TV. I, like many others in Stratford in the theatre company and
outside it, am deeply worried and depressed by the whole shambles, and
devastated by the loss of The Other Place.  The other worry is that
people like Sherry Morley immediately start to talk of why we need the
RSC when we have the National Theatre - London based for the most part -
and the Globe - heritage theatre for tourists and London based - without
any thought to the rest of the theatre-going public, most of whom are
not London based but have gained their love of Shakespeare through the
RSC in Stratford.  There is also the point that these wonderful
workshops once again will only address the privileged few who can afford
to pay for them!

Jan

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